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Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses. In the Middle Ages, creating a book could take years.

Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses

A scribe would bend over his copy table, illuminated only by natural light—candles were too big a risk to the books—and spend hours each day forming letters, by hand, careful never to make an error. To be a copyist, wrote one scribe, was painful: “It extinguishes the light from the eyes, it bends the back, it crushes the viscera and the ribs, it brings forth pain to the kidneys, and weariness to the whole body.” Given the extreme effort that went into creating books, scribes and book owners had a real incentive to protect their work.

They used the only power they had: words. D’où viennent les superstitions ? Tu ne l’as peut-être pas remarqué, mais aujourd’hui, nous sommes le vendredi 13 janvier.

D’où viennent les superstitions ?

Chez les superstitieux•ses, c’est souvent synonyme d’une mauvaise journée, ou en tout cas, un jour redouté. Pour la Française des Jeux, ça indique une grosse cagnotte. Mais d’où vient cette superstition, et toutes les autres très populaires qui font carrément partie de nos habitudes du quotidien ? Je reviens avec vous sur plusieurs de ces croyances, et les différentes explications et origines que l’on peut leur attribuer… Même si c’est difficile de savoir précisément d’où elles viennent ! Le vendredi 13, une journée pourrie ? Commençons par le plus logique de cette liste puisque nous sommes aujourd’hui un fameux vendredi 13. Tout d’abord, une des superstitions qui a le plus la dent dure, c’est la vision du chiffre 13 comme un porte-malheur. La triskaidekaphobia (comprenez la phobie du chiffre 13) est extrêmement répandue, mais pourquoi ça ?

Et une série de films d’horreur. 20+ Rare Historic Photos That You Probably Haven’t Seen Before. Il y a 3,4 milliards d'années, quand les méga-tsunamis déferlaient sur Mars. What Cringing at Your Own Voice Reveals About You. So you hate the sound of your own voice.

What Cringing at Your Own Voice Reveals About You

This complaint has become something of a cliché, perhaps especially on media Twitter, in that journalists routinely confess that they are procrastinating an interview transcription because hearing their own recorded voice is so unbearable. And yet of course the hatred itself existed long before Twitter; studies dating back to the 1960s have demonstrated that people dislike hearing recordings of their own voices, whereas listening to playbacks of friends’ or strangers’ voices didn’t bother them. It’s something about hearing you, in other words, that you specifically find cringeworthy. And this is rather strange, if you think about it. You listen to yourself all day long. The unfamiliarity is quite literally all in your head, although you’re not imagining things.

But when you hear yourself talk, the sound also comes from an extra speaker of sorts: the bones of your skull. What happens to the unprotected human body in space? It's a recurring horror in sci-fi: the hull is pierced, a human is trapped without equipment in an airlock about to open, a door needs to be opened in order to expel something undesirable.

What happens to the unprotected human body in space?

With no air and almost zero pressure, the human body isn't going to last long without some form of protection. But what does happen, exactly? Do your eyes explode outward while your blood evaporates? The 10 Most Badass Goddesses Of World Mythology. Polytheism might’ve had a bad rap in the Bible, but it’s given rise to some of humanity’s most fascinating and enduring narratives.

The 10 Most Badass Goddesses Of World Mythology

Some ancient pantheons, like the Greek and Norse gods, have traditionally been more prominent in the Western imagination; in recent years, these narratives have been incorporated into popular stories like the Thor comic books and the Percy Jackson saga. But not only do these stories leave out many of the world’s most compelling mythologies, they also privilege the accomplishments and powers of male deities over their female counterparts. So below, we’re celebrating 10 totally badass goddesses from belief systems all over the world. From the solar deities of ancient Egypt and the Shinto faith, to goddesses of the sky and the realms of death, these mythological women are the heroes of their own fascinating stories: Image via Wikimedia Commons This ancient Canaanite goddess of love and war is definitely someone you want on your side. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

6 Weird Dating Traditions In History That Might Actually Make You Grateful For Tinder. We hear a lot about the so-called "golden age" of dating — the early '50s and '60s, where men brought flowers, opened doors, and generally behaved as if their date was a piece of fine china without any agency — and how modern casual attitudes have made the process both less formal and less magical.

6 Weird Dating Traditions In History That Might Actually Make You Grateful For Tinder

Why Do Flammable and Inflammable Mean the Same Thing? 1449 412Share949 Understand the wrong definition of inflammable and you might end up with more than an embarrassing situation while talking to your English professor.

Why Do Flammable and Inflammable Mean the Same Thing?

Inflammable and flammable are two words that are frequently misinterpreted. Some people mistake the words as having opposite meanings. In reality, flammable and inflammable mean exactly the same thing—capable of burning. Rosetta, plus de 10 ans de conquête spatiale. 15 Maniacs and What They're Obsessed With. 1.

15 Maniacs and What They're Obsessed With

Exploding Head Syndrome. Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a disorder characterized by the perception of loud noises (e.g. a bomb explosion, gunshot or cymbal crash) when going to sleep or awakening.

Exploding Head Syndrome

Contrary to the name, ENS is not associated with pain. However the noise attacks can elicit a great deal of fear, confusion and distress in sufferers. Reports of tachycardia and palpitations are also common. How Laser Tattoo Removal Works - Smarter Every Day 123.